As runners, we’d all like to find our perfect running shoe. We keep hoping we'll find "the shoe" that will feel great, help us run faster, and prevent foot pain. As a Seattle podiatrist I see many runners with heel pain, Achilles tendonitis, and other injuries. I’d love to be able to prescribe the perfect running shoe for my patients.

The truth is it’s easier for me to make you the best orthotics for your feet than write a prescription for the best shoe.


There are multiple considerations when making a shoe purchase such as foot type, stride, running experience and unique foot issues. Then there is a plethora of companies that make running shoes. Each company makes their shoes slightly differently and each have a variety of shoes they sell to runners.

It can all be terribly confusing.  I’ve written several articles on this topic to guide you in choosing the best shoes for you which can be found at the end of this blog.  Here are some of the more uncommon running shoe purchasing tips.

Don’t Assume That You Still Wear the Same Shoe Size

A good percentage of us will see a half to full size change in our shoe size over time. Often this is due to weight gain but there can be other factors at play as well. The bottom line is, get your feet measured every time you shop for new shoes.

Sticking With the Same Shoe Brand Can Be A Mistake

Just as your feet can change length your range of motion, balance, and speed can also change. Experiencing foot pain wearing the shoe brand you once loved can be a strong indicator that it might be time to part ways. Shoe brands also can change how their shoes are made. What was once a perfect shoe for you may no longer be the case.

It’s time to go back to a running shoe store you trust, like Super Jock ‘N Jill, and talk to the sales person about the problems you’re having. If your new shoes don’t help, it’s time to come see me.

Changing Brands Can Be Good for You

Just like changing brands may help you get out of pain, there are studies that show changing your shoe brand can also strengthen your feet and ankles. It makes sense when you think about it. Different shoes alter the way foot and ankle muscles work which can help prevent injury.

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Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

For more information about heel pain in runners download our eBook, "The Complete Guide to Stopping Heel Pain in Runners".

Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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